Tag Archives: Close To My Heart

Floral Thank You Card with Vellum

Vellum Thanks Card

Today’s card is SO pretty.  It’s the simple addition of vellum that just really packs a punch.  Continue reading

Bee Mine Pleated Card

Bee Mine Pleated Card

It’s a little less than a month until Valentine’s Day.  It’s the perfect time to start making those handmade cards for your sweetheart!   Continue reading

NEW CTMH Portable Organization

CTMH Designer Travel Portable Organization

Have you seen Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Designer Travel Portable Organization pieces yet? Continue reading

New Year & New CTMH Catalog!

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog

Happy 2018!  Are you ready for all the wonderful things that await you in the new year? How about some amazing *NEW* Close To My Heart products?!?  That’s right, today brand new products from CTMH were released in the *NEW* 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.

Stargazer Scrapbooking Stamp Set

From awesome new stamp sets…

CTMH Carry-all Case

to gorgeous new organization pieces, you are sure to fall in love!

Grab your favorite tasty beverage and find a comfy spot to check out all the goodness found in the *NEW* 2018 Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.


Merry Christmas!

Paper Christmas Ornaments

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  Today, I am sharing ornaments I created to hold my kids’ “reindeer food.”  Each year, I create a new way to hold their reindeer food–you can see another idea HERE.

Reindeer Food Paper Ornament

It’s one of our traditions that we do before bed on Christmas eve–they sprinkle the oats (usually I add some red and green sugar sprinkles to make it a little more festive) on our front lawn for Santa’s reindeer to have a little treat on their journey.

We’d love to hear one of your family’s Christmas traditions!  Please leave a comment below and let us know one.

Holiday Cheer Scrapbook Layout

Looking for some inspiration on putting a scrapbook layout together–start to finish? Here is the video for you!  Enjoy…

DIY Santa Frame Ornament

Santa Frame


Today’s project is a gift I created for my husband’s aunt.  It’s a tradition we have.  Every year we get her a unique Santa ornament as part of her gift from our family.  I’ve purchased ones from craft boutiques, from antique stores and even made some (like the one I’m sharing today.)  It’s important to me that it’s unique and one-of-a-kind (or at least close to one!)

I really love how this one turned out.  I found the frame at Target.  Initially, I was planning to put photos of my kids in them and give them to the grandparents, but was only able to find one frame!  I was so disappointed that I almost put this frame ornament back.  However, it was so reasonably priced (I think it was only $3; super good deal as it’s quite nice!) so I went ahead and purchased it knowing somehow I’d put it to good use.  That’s when I came up with the idea to incorporate one of my favorite *NEW* holiday stamps from Close To My Heart–Little Saint Nick–to create a unique Santa ornament to gift this year.

Closeup Santa Frame Ornament

I started by putting some White Glitter Paper (covered with a used dryer sheet for a softer look) inside the frame.  I then stamped the image twice with Memento Black ink onto White Daisy Cardstock.  I colored both stamped images.  One of them I colored just the face with Barely Beige and Tender Pink and then Santa’s hat on the other with Carmine and Lavender .  I then cut out the whole image of one leaving a slight border around  it and glued it onto the front of the frame.  The second one–the one with the colored Santa Hat–I only cut out the hat, again leaving a slight border.

To add a little more pizzazz, I took our Clear Shimmer Brush and colored in Santa’s mustache.  And finally, I pulled out an oldie but goodie–Liquid Applique–to create some dimension on Santa’s hat.  I love this stuff!  I forgot just how much I love it.  If you’ve never tried it before, you absolutely should!!  It’s super easy.  Just squeeze it out of it’s tube wherever you want it on your project.  Then heat it up with your Craft Heater.  It’s so fun to see it start puffing up once it begins to heat up.

The final step was to add Santa’s hat onto the Santa I already glued to the frame using Thin 3-D Foam Dots.  And that’s it.  A fairly simple way to create a unique Santa Ornament.  I hope you’ve found a little bit of inspiration to take something and spruce it up for truly special gift from the heart.

No Peeking Christmas Bag Topper

Holiday Bag Topper

I absolutely love making these bag toppers.  They are the perfect way to add a creative, handmade touch to a gift AND it prevents the recipient from being able to peek in the bag!

Plus, they are fairly easy to create, too.  Which when you’re on a time crunch (always the case during the holidays, right?!?) is always a wonderful thing.

You’ll want to measure the width of your gift bag then add a 1/2″ to that measurement.  For the height of the topper, this will be determined by your design–it doesn’t need to be a precise measurement.  You’ll figure out what you want on the front, make sure you have enough space and then double it since it will fold over the bag.  My bag topper here is 9″ x 8-1/2″.

Closeup of Holiday Bag Topper

Then you’ll center your cardstock piece below the handles, mark about a 1/4″ on either side of the handles and then create an oblong cutout for you to insert the handles through.


Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

The last step is to decorate your bag topper as desired.  For my bag here, I attempted to keep it a little more masculine.  I used the Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp Set with Coordinating Thin Cuts Dies.

You can take this idea and create these bag toppers with any size gift bag making it a really versatile project idea!  This past weekend, this was one of the projects at my Annual Boxes, Bags & Tags Class.  The ladies loved this project.  I think I can say with 100% confidence that each of them will be creating some more of these bag toppers this holiday season!

Now is the perfect time to start creating your own bag toppers!  If you need any supplies to help you with your own bag toppers, be sure to visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.